ONE OF MOST BEAUTIFUL METEORITES IN THE WORLD, ESQUEL
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ONE OF MOST BEAUTIFUL METEORITES IN THE WORLD, ESQUEL

PALLASITE – PAL CHUBUT, ARGENTINA (42° 54'S, 71° 20'W)

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ONE OF MOST BEAUTIFUL METEORITES IN THE WORLD, ESQUEL
Pallasite – PAL
Chubut, Argentina (42° 54'S, 71° 20'W)
A large partial slice with highly translucent crystals of olivine and peridot suspended in a nickel-iron matrix.
144 x 129 x 3mm (5 2/3 x 5 x 1/8in.)
314g
Literature
Ulff-Moller, F., Choi, B.-G., Rubin, A. E., Tran, J. and Wasson, J. T. (1998), “Paucity of sulfide in a large slab of Esquel: New perspectives on pallasite formation.“ Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 33(2) 221–227.
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Lot Essay

Pallasites are among the most aesthetically dazzling meteorites in the world and, much like Imilac, Esquel is among the most coveted. Esquel’s crystals were not heavily shocked; as a result it showcases translucent forest-green to amber olivine crystals suspended in an iron-nickel matrix. This specimen also contains facet-grade olivine or peridot (the semi-precious birthstone of August). With one edge of fusion crust, this partial slice embodies Esquel’s most alluring qualities. Indeed, small specimens of Esquel were the first pallasite to be utilized in modern jewelry. It is worth noting that the giant complete slice of Esquel on display at the American Museum of Natural History’s Rose Center for Earth & Space has a Macovich Collection provenance — as does this estimable example.

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